Boston, Massachusetts; (2013)
Psalm 127:3: Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
Admittedly, Logan and I did not travel much from the years 2012-2017. Although we frequently visited family in the north and snuck in a few fun experiences here and there, we were focused on different forms of adventure. In that five year time period, Logan and I birthed two baby boys and a home, focusing on what we feel truly matters most.
But the zeal for travel, that was always inside me. And one rainy winter afternoon in FL I turned to Logan (and our then few month-old son) and said, “What if we just pick a random city and do a mini-vacation there?” And so, our Boston trip with a baby, a ballpark and a brewery was born!
Boston was such a wonderful city to visit with a baby and we reminisce often about our wonderful visit there. Our first stop, after a direct flight from Jacksonville, FL to Boston, MA was a tour through the Boston Public Market.
We toured the market, enjoying real Northern pizza (Southern pizza is yuck!) and stopped in for lunch and a brew at a local pub. Landon also met one of his good friends that he still plays with today, Boston the bear.
While walking (and Landon strollering) the streets of Boston after lunch, we were overcome with emotion as we saw all of the Boston Strong memorabilia lining the streets. We visited just a few short weeks after the tragic 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and our prayers are still with those families affected. The tributes were beyond moving!
Another iconic Boston sight that we were able to sneak in in between Landon’s naps was visiting the Samuel Adams Brewery. It was such a cool experience seeing where one of my favorite brews, Samuel Adams’ Harvest Pumpkin Ale was manufactured. And the history of Boston is so evident and rich on that tour!
One of my very favorite kid-friendly places to visit in Boston was the Boston Public Garden. In 1987, an author Robert McCloskey wrote an adorable children’s book called Make Way for the Ducklings. I read this book to Landon for weeks in anticipating to see the adorable statue modeled after this book in the middle of the Public Garden.
In addition to this statue, Boston Public Garden has other family-friendly ways to explore such a ride on a carousel and on swan boats! We were so blessed to meet up with a dear college friend, Matt, who lived in Boston at the time in this beautiful Public Garden.
But the main reason we chose Boston for our impromptu East Coast mini-trek? Fenway Park. This iconic baseball stadium was a bucket list visit for my college baseball-playing husband and we were so blessed to make it a reality.
Whether or not you are a Red Sox fan doesn’t matter as you approach Yawkey Way, the entrance row of shops, bars and Boston pride to the stadium. The energy and excitement of the fans was hard to put into words and we had such a memorable experience visiting Fenway Park with our firstborn baby boy.
Take us out to the ball game!
If you visit Boston, sneaking in a trip to see a game at Fenway Park (or at least walking down Yawkey Way!) is an absolute must.
Trek Difficulty Level: (1): It’s really easy to find direct flights from Jax to Boston and it was a doable flight with a baby at just around two-and-a-half hours.
Trek Budget: $2000; Boston is known to be an expensive city for sure but flights from JAX to BOS were reasonable – about $400 for two adults roundtrip. Remember, babies under age two are free! Hotels are averagely-priced around $200+/night. Although it is expensive, tickets to Fenway Park are necessary!
3 Trek Must-Dos:
- Eat at Regal Seafoods and try a lobster roll! You can find this Bostonian seafood chain all over (including the airport) so be sure to try their lobster/lobster rolls before you leave.
- Find a Vineyard Vines store! My husband’s favorite store, Vineyard Vines, is offered all over the Boston area.
- Sing during the seventh-inning stretch! Nearly every single fan were on their feet and belting out the seventh-inning stretch at Fenway!
Landon’s Trek Tip: Buy a bear named Boston.
XO, Logan, Meg & Landon